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YEPP Resolution: Support of the volunteering in the EU Adopted by the YEPP Council in Kyiv on September 10, 2011 Recognizing that:         

May 2010 Eurobarometer study revealed that 30% of Europeans are involved in a voluntary activity; Voluntary service strengthens social cohesion; Voluntary service helps young people to develop competences and skills and to make contact, which they can use in their professional lives; International voluntary service in the EU can help increasing the European identity and strengthening the European integration; International voluntary service outside of the EU helps understanding cultural differences and promoting tolerance between peoples, and may contribute to economic development of poorer nations; Voluntary political involvement is decreasing on EU countries, which may endanger democracy in the long run; Supporting voluntary service can be a cost-efficient alternative for public authorities to provide social care in times of reduction of public expenses; Volunteer work lacks formal recognition Voluntary work might be an effective tool to make the labour market more flexible and to facilitate the entrance of young labour force

Acknowledging that:   

The EU has designated 2011 as the "European Year of Volunteering" and the European Commission is carrying out several awarenessraising initiatives; Through the European Voluntary Service, the Commission is helping young people to participate in volunteering activities; However, disadvantaged youngsters are often unable to participate to the European Voluntary Service and a very important part of society (asylum seekers, job applicants, unemployed people, etc…) may not be allowed in some countries to get involved in voluntary services; YEPP has stated in its political programme that ‘voluntary commitment of youth in social, political, cultural or sport organisations can be a tool against their social exclusion, and an opportunity to develop personal and professional skills. Voluntary youth action should be therefore encouraged by the EU and its member states’. In some European countries volunteer work has not yet played a major role in society

YEPP calls on:     

The Member States to develop, in accordance with their traditions, volunteer-friendly policies, including the insurance aspects; The Member States to support volunteer organisations and help them improve the quality of their service; The Member States to facilitate international volunteering programs through their visa policies; The European Union and its Member States to (further) promote voluntary actions, including voluntary political involvement; The European Union to allocate appropriate funding to the European Voluntary Service in order to facilitate its access to disadvantaged youngsters;